The role and impact of technology in both our personal and working lives are ever-growing. Understanding how people shape technology and how technology shapes people’s interactions with each other and the natural world is important not only for those who research, develop and implement new technologies but also for all those people and organizations that have to use those technologies in their working and personal lives. Technology is not a neutral word. Different people will give them different meanings depending on their viewpoint and context. Members of the Faculty of Technology are no different but for many years we have adopted one particular definition of technology that reflects our own aims and objectives:
Technology is a hands-on, can-do profession where people have to be skilled in many of the following: engineering, communicating, designing, developing, innovating, managing, manufacturing, modeling, and systems thinking. But technology also gives us various products which can be used for good or ill or where the benefits are disputed and similarly the processes involved in producing and using technology means that we should all take an interest in whether it provides us and everyone else with a sustainable future.
Here are the Top 5 Future Technology Inventions that will change the world.
Number 5: Doubletake
This Is What the Next Generation of BinocularsLooks Like, but with a 5-inch display screen in lieu of lenses. The device uses a dual-lens system and can beam the image on the screen in real-time to other smart devices. The unit weighs about two pounds and has two built-in 12MP cameras, along with 4K video. One charge earns three hours of use, though the device powers down when not in use to save battery.
Turn it around to see the most patently obvious departure from traditional binoculars. Instead of resting your eyes against rubberized eyecups, you hold it away from your face and gaze at a 5-inch high-def LCD display, a more familiar and comfortable experience for both you and any fellow onlookers. But in fact, onlookers don’t even technically need to be nearby, cause its laundry list of connectivity (GPS, wi-fi, Bluetooth, USB-C) combine to allow for live streaming and social network sharing, among other functionality. Before we move on, don’t forget to subscribe, and like this video, also leave us some comments..
Number 4: Sitpack Zen X
The Sitpack Zen is the world’s lightest and most compact portable seat and is ideal for taking the weight off your feet at festivals, waiting for public transport, for outdoor pursuits such as golfing, skiing, fishing, and shooting, and for avid photographers. Basically, any activity where you want to rest your legs! It’s the perfect chair. The Sitpack ZEN is the next generation of innovative and portable seating and is made of the world’s strongest and lightest materials—carbon fiber and aluminum. It is both slimmer and lighter than its predecessor with a weight of only455 grams, making it easy to put it in a back pocket or bag.
The real magic of Sitpack ZENhappens when users unfold the cylinder wings of the carry strap made of ballistic nylon which instantly turns into a 15-inch wide seat. The next step is pulling out the 38-inch telescopic leg, which, with its patented closing mechanism, can be adjusted to the user’s height whether they are 5ft 1 or 6ft 6. Within a matter of seconds, the seat is ready, letting them stay relaxed leaning in at eye level with their friends.
Number 3: August Smart Lock
August has announced the latest addition to its line of retrofit smart door locks: the Wi-Fi Smart Lock. The new lock is similar in appearance to the Smart Lock Pro, but it has a 45 percent smaller volume and is 20percent slimmer than before. In addition, the new model doesn’t need a separate hub to connect to a Wi-Fi network, as it has the necessary hardware built right into it. It will be available this summer for a similar price as the Smart Lock Pro.
Controlling the lock is done through August’s smartphone app, and it also supports Amazon Alexa, google assistant, and Apple HomeKit. Unlike other smart door locks, which require you to replace the entire deadbolt, the August lock bolts onto the back half of the lock, which allows you to keep the same design and keys on the front of the door as you already have. The new model is roughly the size of a standard doorknob, according to the company.
Number 2: Ballie
Samsung unveils ‘Ballie,’ a ball-shaped robot that rolls around your home. Using its advanced On-Device artificial intelligence capabilities, Ballie utilizes AI to be a security robot, a fitness assistant, a tool to help seniors connect with smart devices in their homes, and it can even be a friend to your kids and pets. Rolling around and following people seems to be all that Ballie can do at the moment. But in a promotional video aired shortly after the demo, Samsung showed a bigger vision for Ballie that could someday make it more of an at-home assistant.
Ballieopened the blinds in its owner’s home, turned on the TV so that the house’s dog could have something to watch, and summoned a Roomba-like vacuum to help clean up a mess. Samsung will likely elaborate further on data safety standards for Ballie when this concept becomes a reality. Samsung didn’t provide any details of the technology inside Ballie but it evidently has a camera and other sensors that allow it to recognize its owner and follow them around. Samsung says that Ballie will be “actively helpful” around the house.
Number 1: O S Smart Mirror.
The Poseidon Smart Mirror is an advanced fixture for the bathroom that is positioned to transform the daily routine of users and help them to lead a healthier lifestyle. Available in 32- to 55-inch configurations, the Poseidon smart mirror transforms the standard bathroom station into an all-in-one wellness hub. Poseidonis powered by CareOS, a health-centric operating system designed to manage wellness data stored locally on the device. But Care OS also lets the Poseidon mirror control connected smart devices, keep track of family routines, and more. Poseidon’s key technology is its AR camera that maps your face with 7,000 different points.
Running CareOS, the mirror can come in a variety of size options to suit space requirements or user preferences and harnesses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to streamline one’s everyday routine. The Poseidon Smart Mirror will feature a Qualcomm processor along with WiFi and Ethernet connectivity as well as USB ports for physical device connections. The unit will feature a price point of between $3,000 and $6,000, depending on the model. For more videos, please watch our suggested videos or playlist and leave us some comments if you have something in mind.
Technology concerns itself with understanding how knowledge is creatively applied to organized tasks involving people and machines that meet sustainable goals. There are three important aspects to this definition:
1. Technology is about taking action to meet a human need rather than merely understanding the workings of the natural world, which is the goal of science. The invention of the microscope was driven by a need to explore the world of the small, beyond our unaided vision. This technological solution to a long-standing problem has, in turn, enabled us to understand more the workings of the world which in turn has led to the development of more technologies.
2. It uses much more than scientific knowledge and includes values as much as facts, practical craft knowledge as much as theoretical knowledge. The iPod is an example of where the physics of making a small device carry so much music is married with creative design to make an iconic must-have accessory.
3. It involves organized ways of doing things. It covers the intended and unintended interactions between products (machines, devices, artifacts) and the people and systems who make them, use them, or are affected by them through various processes. Many people like to drink coffee, often in a coffee shop. That coffee may have come from trees that have been bred specifically for increased yields that support a small farmer and his family but that requires pesticides that were developed and manufactured in another country.
The harvested coffee beans will themselves be transported around the world, to be processed and placed in packages which are being distributed to shops that then make the cup of coffee in a polystyrene cup that was manufactured for the purpose but which then needs to disposed of and so on. Every choice we make relies on and feeds, a highly interdependent and far-reaching way of life where some have much and some have little.